NEWPORT BEACH — Back then, there was no Newport Coast, no Eastbluff, and Fashion Island had just opened.
In 1968, when Don Webb joined the city's public works staff, Newport Beach was booming.
Forty-two years later, now as a city councilman, Newport is mostly built out and Webb is getting ready to hang one of his many hats. On Tuesday, Webb will attend his last City Council meeting in an official role and will swear in Rush Hill to fill his seat representing District 3.
"Don is like an institution of Newport Beach," Mayor Keith Curry said. "He has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the city, its physical characteristics, and why things were built a certain way."
Looking back, Webb sees the city as the civil engineer he is — he takes in the built world and reflects on his role in major projects.
Webb said he wielded his largest hand on road projects. He was the project engineer when the city widened Coast Highway, Jamboree Road, Newport Boulevard, MacArthur Boulevard and other streets in its arterial system.